Centralia School Board seeks applicants for vacant position following resignation


The Centralia School District is accepting applications for director position 3 on the school board after Andrea Ware, who ran unopposed in the November general election, announced her resignation this week. 

Ware would have replaced incumbent board member Vicki Jackson, who did not run for re-election. Jackson’s four-year term on the board began in December 2019 and expired on Thursday, Nov. 30. 

The Centralia School Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29, to announce the vacancy and the timeline for appointing someone to fill the position. 

The application period is open through 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. To apply, applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume to Executive Assistant Brittany Kindall by email at bkindell@centralia.wednet.edu or by mail to 2320 Borst Ave., Centralia, WA, 98531. 

Applicants must be registered voters and reside in the district. 

Director position 3, like all positions on the Centralia School Board, is an at-large position. 

The Centralia School District expects board members to attend study sessions on the second Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. and attend board meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. Board members may also participate in committees related to education and attend school events throughout the year, according to the Centralia School District. 

Whoever is appointed to the vacant position will join Debra L. Parnham, Martiza Bravo, Tim Browning and Sarah Holmes on the five-person board. 

Bravo, who was appointed to a vacant position in November 2022, ran unopposed for director position 2 in the November general election and began her first full four-year term on Dec. 1. 

Newcomer Holmes beat incumbent Mandi McDougall, who was seeking a second term, in the director position 4 race 51.46% to 47.52% in the November general election. 

She and Bravo will be sworn in during the Centralia School Board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13.